Analog Devices and Express Logic Collaborate on Operating System Support for Blackfin Processor.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 30, 2004
New Express Logic ThreadX/SMP RTOS (1) (RealTime Operating System) An operating system designed for use in a real time computer system. See real time system, embedded system, process control and OS-9. Facilitates Development on ADI's dual-core Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) A multiprocessing architecture in which multiple CPUs, residing in one cabinet, share the same memory. SMP systems provide scalability. As business increases, additional CPUs can be added to absorb the increased transaction volume. ) Blackfin family.
Analog Devices Analog Devices (NYSE: ADI) is an American multinational producer of semiconductor devices. Analog specializes in ADC, DAC, MEMS, and DSP chips for consumer and industrial goods. Analog is presently designing circuits in the 65 nanometer to 3 µm process feature sizes range. , Inc. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : ADI) and Express Logic, Inc. today extended their collaborative relationship to produce an enhanced version of Express Logic's popular ThreadX(R) real-time operating system (operating system) Real-Time Operating System - (RTOS) Any operating system where interrupts are guaranteed to be handled within a certain specified maximum time, thereby making it suitable for control of hardware in embedded systems and other time-critical applications. (RTOS) for ADI's Blackfin(R) Processor family. The newly announced ThreadX/SMP RTOS eases developers' ability to manage the complex task of programming a dual-core SMP embedded processor A CPU chip used in a system other than a general purpose workstation, desktop or laptop computer. Such chips are used by the billions every year in a myriad of products. See embedded system. .
Architected as an SMP system, ADI's dual-core Blackfin Processor allows customers to maximize performance, accessing up to two 750MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. Blackfin cores to handle even the most demanding embedded systems. This is particularly important for media-rich applications that require intensive video/audio signal processing as well as standard control functions that regulate memory usage, I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.
I/O - Input/Output operations and more. Through its relationship with ADI, Express Logic will offer Blackfin developers a SMP version of the ThreadX RTOS that provides load balancing across each of Blackfin's two cores; this greatly simplifies the process of developing for a dual-core platform, expediting development time and ultimately speeding time-to-market.
"With Express Logic offering seamless integration with our VisualDSP++ software development environment, our relationship with Express Logic has already benefited numerous Blackfin developers who require a compact, royalty-free RTOS," said Phil Davies, director, Embedded Media Platforms, Analog Devices, Inc. "Through Express Logic's development effort to bring an SMP version of ThreadX to the Blackfin community, Express Logic is achieving an industry first: delivering a true multiprocessor development environment for consumer electronics applications."
"With our ThreadX RTOS being the most widely deployed royalty-free, real-time operating system in the industry, we are committed to supporting ADI's Blackfin because it is the emerging leader in the embedded processor space," said William E. Lamie, President, Express Logic, Inc. "As the first to announce multi-processing support for Blackfin, we are excited to enable developers to leverage the full power of the dual-core programmable Blackfin architecture."
About ADI's Blackfin Processor
The Blackfin Processor is the first in a new breed of embedded processors designed specifically to meet the computational demands and power constraints of today's embedded audio, video and communications applications. Based on the Micro Signal Architecture (MSA (Metropolitan Service Area) An urban area with at least 50,000 people plus surrounding counties. There are 306 MSAs and 428 RSAs (rural service areas) in the U.S. MSAs and RSAs are used to allocate cellular licenses. ) jointly developed with Intel Corporation, ADI's Blackfin Processor family combines a 32-bit RISC-like instruction set with 16-bit dual multiply accumulate (MAC) signal processing functionality and ease-of-use attributes found in general-purpose microcontrollers. Dynamic Power Management enables breakthrough power consumption by allowing the simultaneous adjustment of operating frequency and voltage under application control.
Because they are code-compatible, all Blackfin Processors provide portability of design. In addition, Blackfin Processors are fully supported by ADI's CROSSCORE(TM) development tool product line which includes the VisualDSP++(R) Integrated Development and Debug To correct a problem in hardware or software. Debugging software means locating the errors in the source code (the program logic). Debugging hardware means finding errors in the circuit design (logical circuits) or in the physical interconnections of the circuits. Environment (IDE), by Express Logic's ThreadX/SMP RTOS and by other third-party tool vendors. Blackfin Processors are priced in the $5-$40 per-unit range in 10,000 unit quantities. For more information on Blackfin, please visit: www.analog.com/blackfin or see ADI at electronicaUSA with the Embedded Systems Conference (eUSA), Booth #1902, March 30-April 1, 2004 in San Francisco.
For More Information and Availability
For more information on Express Logic's ThreadX/SMP, please join Analog Devices and Express Logic representatives at a presentation being held at San Francisco's Moscone Center, room 123 on Wednesday, March 31, 2004: "Survival Guide to Embedded Media Processing Applications," a Meet the Gurus panel discussion held during electronicaUSA with the Embedded Systems Conference (eUSA).
Express Logic's ThreadX/SMP for ADI's dual-core Blackfin Processor will be available Q3 2004. Although initial development will take place on a single dual-core Blackfin Processor, ADI and Express Logic plan to extend the ThreadX/SMP load balancing capability to systems with multiple dual-core SMP Blackfin Processors in the future.
About Express Logic
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Express Logic offers the most advanced run-time solution for deeply embedded applications, including the popular ThreadX RTOS, the high-performance TCP/IP stack NetX(TM), and the embedded MS-DOS MS-DOS
in full Microsoft Disk Operating System
Operating system for personal computers. MS-DOS was based on DOS, developed in 1980 by Seattle Computer Products. Microsoft Corp. bought the rights to DOS in 1981, and released MS-DOS with IBM's PC that year. file system FileX(TM). All products from Express Logic include full source-code and have no run-time royalties. For more information about Express Logic solutions, please browse to http://www.expresslogic.com, call 1-888-THREADX, or email inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Analog Devices
Analog Devices, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of precision high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing See DSP.
Digital Signal Processing - (DSP) Computer manipulation of analog signals (commonly sound or image) which have been converted to digital form (sampled). applications. ADI is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, and employs approximately 8,600 people worldwide. It has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. , Ireland, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
World's largest marketplace for securities. The exchange began as an informal meeting of 24 men in 1792 on what is now Wall Street in New York City. and ADI is included in the S&P 500 Index.
Blackfin and VisualDSP++ are registered trademarks of Analog Devices, Inc. ThreadX is a registered trademark of Express Logic, Inc. All other trademarks included herein are the property of their respective owners.